Winter Squash – Hercules Butternut

Hercules Butternut Squash (C. Moschata)
Hercules Butternut Squash (C. Moschata)

 

The Hercules Butternut squash is not entirely consistent in shape, however, the Hercules butternut squash produces some very large squash. The vines are long and very vigorous.  It has a bulbous shape that is remarkably free of crooknecks. The interior is a deep orange color with a firm and fine texture.   

Classification

  • Squash

Days To Maturity

  • 100-105 days

Species

  • Cucurbita

Genus

  • moschata

Fruit Size

  • 18 to 25 inches with a neck which averages 4 inches in diameter.

Weight

  • 2 to 4 pounds

Skin Color

  • Buff / Tan

Habit

  • Vining with 8-10 foot vines

Usage

  • Edible with Good food qualities

Storage

  • Good Keeper

Resistance

  • Demonstrates resistance to mildew and to vine borer.

Heirloom

  • Yes

Planting

Planting guidelines for plant the Hercules butternut squash in well fertilized prepared garden beds.

Seed depth

  • ½ – 1 inch

Seeds per group / hill

  • 6 to eight seeds

Seed spacing

  • 4 inches

Space between hills

  • 4 to 6 feet

Days to germination

  • 7 to 14 days

Thin to (plants per hill)

  •  2 to 3 plants

Winter Squash – Golden Nugget

Classification

Days To Maturity

Fruit Size

Weight

Skin Color Habit Notes
Squash    

½ -1 lb

Dull Orange Bush Also, known as Oriental pumpkin it has the appearance of a small pumpkin in shape and color. The meat inside is pale yellow in color and limited in volume, but it provides a flavorful meal when cooked. This squash is best when baked whole without removing the seeds.
Seed Depth

Seeds Per group

Seed Spacing

Space Between Hills

Day To Germination Thin To
(Plants Per hill)
1/2 – 1″

6 – 8

4″

4 – 6′

7 – 14

3

Species

Genus

Year Introduced Heirloom Resistance
Cucurbita

Maxima

1978 in US No Unknown
Usage

Edible – Excellent food qualities.

Storage

Good Keeper

Space Saver

Can be planted in your landscaping or in a very large pot.

 

Winter Squash – Golden Hubbard

Golden Hubbard (C. Maxima)
Golden Hubbard (C. Maxima)

This Hubbard squash has many of the same characteristics of others, but has a slightly warty red-orange skin the tan striping at the blossom end of the fruit

Classification

  • Squash

Skin Color

  • Red/Orange

Weight

  • 8 -10 pounds

Habit

  • Vining

Days To Maturity

  • 105 -100

Seed Depth

  • 1/2 – 1 inch

Seeds Per group

  • 6 – 8

Seed Spacing

  • 4 inches

Space Between Hills

  • 4 – 6 feet

Day To Germination

  • 7 – 14

Thin To (Plants Per hill)

  • 3

Species

  • Cucurbita

Genus

  • Maxima

Year Introduced

  • 1898

Heirloom

  • Yes

Usage

  • Edible – Very good food qualities

Storage

  • Good keeper

Space Saver

  • This squash is an excellent climber and is recommend for growing on a trellis or fence, but some larger fruit may need support.

 

Winter Squash – Delicata

Delicata (C. Pepo)
Delicata (C. Pepo)
Classification Days To Maturity Fruit Size Weight
Skin Color Habit Notes
Squash 100 Oblong fruits cylindrical fruits 5-9 inches long and 1½ – 3 inches in diameter ½ to 2 lb. Ivory-cream longitudinally streaked with dark green on the ribs show some color flecks. Vining – Short robust vines are high-yielding. Also known as “Sweet Potato Squash” or “Peanut Squash”, this squash is unusually sweet, though thin-fleshed, and has deep orange, tender, and dry fine-grained flesh flavor.
Seed Depth Seeds Per group Seed Spacing Space Between Hills Day To Germination Thin To (Plants Per hill)
¼ – 1/2 “ 4 6″ 2′ 3 – 7 2
Species Genus Year Introduced Heirloom Resistance
Cucurbita pepo 1894 Yes Unknown
Usage Allow fruits to remain on the vine until fully mature. Gather before frost, leaving part of the stem attached to the fruit. Cure in a warm area for a week to 10 days, then store.
Storage Good Keeper 
Space Saver This squash is an excellent climber and is recommended for growing on a lattice or fence.


Winter Squash – Buttercup

Classification

Days To Maturity

Fruit Size

Weight

Skin Color Habit Notes
Squash 90 – 110 Small 3-5 pounds Dark-green skin, sometimes accented with lighter green streaks Vining A relatively early maturing winter squash having fine grained, slightly dry, orange flesh and a rich, sweet flavor. Buttercup Squash are part of the Turban squash family (hard shells with turban-like shapes) and are a popular variety of winter squash. Plants are bushy and fairly compact. This squash began as a cross between the “Quality” and “Essex” squashes.

Seed Depth

Seeds Per group

Seed Spacing

Space Between Hills

Day To Germination Thin To (Plants Per hill)
½ to ¾ inch

6 to 8

18 to 24 inches

3 to 4 feet

7 to 14 3
Species

Genus

Year Introduced Heirloom Resistance
Cucurbita

Maxima

1925 Yes Unknown
Usage Edible – Excellent food qualities and is one of the more highly regarded winter squashes for culinary purposes.
Storage Good Keeper. Sweetness will increase with proper storage.
Space Saver This squash is an excellent climber and is recommend for growing on a lattice or fence.

Winter Squash – Blue Hubbard

Blue Hubbard (C. Maxima)
Blue Hubbard (C. Maxima)

 

Classification

Days

To Maturity

Fruit Size

Weight

Skin Color Habit Features
Squash 95 -100 Medium to large 10 to 50 lbs Blue-gray-green fruits Large Vining

10 to 15 feet

Also, known as the New England Blue Hubbard. Usually bigger than the Golden and the Green Hubbard; the Blue Hubbard is an old time favorite. The thick yellow-orange flesh is dry, fine-grained, and very sweet.
Seed Depth

Seeds Per group

Seed Spacing

Space Between Hills

Day To Germination Thin To
(Plants Per hill)
½ – 1 6 – 8 4″ 3 -4′ 7 – 14 3
Species

Genus

Year Introduced Heirloom Resistance
Cucurbita

Maxima

1856 Yes Unknown
Usage Edible; Good food qualities.
Storage Good Keeper
Space Saver No suggestions